Sharon Black, the city’s librarian, said it was the first time the library had hosted 3- and 4-year-old children during its summer program.
“This is a first for us, working with this young age during the summer,” she said. “If today is an example, it is going to be great.”
Jennifer Kaufman, an assistant at the Sumiton Library, worked with the children Thursday to create “Flat Stanley” characters, which is a literacy project based on the “Flat Stanley” children’s book. Kaufman said children decorated and cut out their own character and library workers urged them to take their Stanley along with them as they travel this summer.
“We’re going to see where all Flat Stanley can travel this summer,” Kaufman said.
Black said the library staff is interested to see what the children do with the project.
“We’ve told them to take their Flat Stanley places and get their picture made with them,” she said. “They can take them to Walmart, to the zoo or on vacation. I know some of our older children that are meeting each Tuesday have already taken Stanley with them on summer trips this week.”
Dawson Lay, a 4-year-old from Sumiton, said Tuesday’s fun with Flat Stanley was great, especially his time playing Stanley Says, a version of Simon Says.
“I loved jumping up and down,” he said. “Playing Stanley Says was really fun.”
Black said the Summer Reading Program, which has the theme of “One World, Many Stories,” will continue each week for five weeks. She said the pre-school group is full, but the library is accepting children for its Tuesday session, which is for any school-aged child.
“We have about 86 registered for that group and we will take up to 100,” she said.
For more information on the Sumiton Public Library, call 205-648-7451.